Route & dates
24 days in Australia Itinerary
Melbourne— 3 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Sydney— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle: 7h 15min
Port Douglas— 3 nights
bus: 1h 15min
Cairns— 4 nights
Adelaide— 3 nights
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Australia's Garden City
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Central. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.
To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne vacation planner .
Lisbon, Portugal to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Lisbon to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect Melbourne to be much colder, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.
Things to do in Melbourne
St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:
The Harbour City
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Olympia Milk Bar. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Blue Mountains National Park (Pulpit Rock Lookout & The National Pass). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, stroll through Manly Beach, and steep yourself in history at Elizabeth Bay House.
To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planner.
You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.
Things to do in Sydney
Blue Mountains National Park, Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 8:
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of Port Douglas with an excursion to Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and head outdoors with Port Douglas Microlights.
For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas online road trip planner .
Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cairns.
Things to do in Port Douglas
Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:
The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness). Next up on the itinerary: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.
To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip website .
Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Cairns
Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Yorkeys Knob Beach
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take a stroll through Rundle Mall, then don't miss a visit to Adelaide Oval, and then learn about winemaking at Murray Street Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Aldinga Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Adelaide trip planner .
Traveling by flight from Cairns to Adelaide takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in September, with highs in Adelaide at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Adelaide
Aldinga Beach, Cleland Wildlife Park, Murray Street Vineyards
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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